sunburn

verb
sun·​burn | \ ˈsən-ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \
sunburned\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnd How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \ or sunburnt\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnt How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \; sunburning

Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to burn or discolor by the sun

sunburn

noun

Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

Examples of sunburn in a Sentence

Noun He has a bad sunburn. Use sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As opposed to AHAs, BHAs are beta hydroxy acids, which are known to get deep into pores to remove dirt, and are typically used to soothe acne, redness and sunburn. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "24 of the best products for men’s skin care, according to experts," 14 Sep. 2020 The guns provide a superficial measure, the report noted, that can vary if a person is sunburned or has just come in from outside. BostonGlobe.com, "Coronavirus patients to be allowed visitors in N.Y.," 19 May 2020 Light- or short-coated dogs can get sunburned, so ask your vet for recommendations on canine sunscreen because some human sunscreens are toxic if your pet licks them off. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Hiking With Your Dog," 12 Feb. 2019 There may be lingering pain, soreness, or sensitivity after a tattoo, which can feel similar to sunburn or a bruise. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Tattoo Artist's Guide to Your First Tattoo," 2 Jan. 2019 Your eyes, like your skin, can get sunburned when they’re exposed to too much sunlight. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Entirely Preventable Eye Injuries Doctors See Way Too Often," 1 Nov. 2018 The tanning ethos dates back to The early 1920s, when Coco Chanel inadvertently got sunburned on the French Riviera — or, some say, on a cruise near there. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 16 Dec. 2012 Cindie Allen-Stewart, of Mount Calm, shared her decades-old family secret on Facebook hoping to help some friends who, like her, are prone to sunburn despite using sunscreen. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Texas mom's viral sunburn hack works, but it's not 'magical cure,' dermatologists warn," 3 July 2018 The child’s head, sunburned under the blond velvet, rested on the woman’s strong arm. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mask is lightweight, moisture-wicking, and fast-drying. During the warm months and in perpetually hot climates, a UV neck gaiter will keep you cool and protect you from sunburn and skin damage. Outdoor Life, "Best Neck Gaiter: Protection from the Neck Up in Every Season," 18 Feb. 2021 Getting a sunburn is a quick, painful, and entirely avoidable way to ruin your trip, so apply (and reapply) protection during your visit. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "12 Major Mistakes to Avoid on a Florida Vacation, According to a Lifelong Resident," 13 Mar. 2020 But when the swelling goes down, her radiation burns get worse, because it’s like a sunburn. Clint Worthington, Vulture, "The Expanse’s Dominique Tipper on Naomi Nagata’s Hard Time in ‘Hard Vacuum’," 25 Jan. 2021 The first thing to know about spending winter in northern Sweden is that sunburn won’t be much of an issue. New York Times, "Wintry Scenes From a Swedish Wonderland," 21 Dec. 2020 Like sunburn, mild cases can take a few days, whereas more severe cases could take several weeks. Madison Yauger, Health.com, "What Is Windburn? Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention Techniques, According to Dermatologists," 19 Nov. 2020 And strikingly, the olfactory epithelia were completely detached, which, Meunier says, resembled skin peeling after a sunburn. Stephani Sutherland, Scientific American, "Mysteries of COVID Smell Loss Finally Yield Some Answers," 18 Nov. 2020 Vitamin E, a strong antioxidant, helps reduce inflammation and speed up cell regeneration both in the body and skin, making jojoba oil a great treatment for sunburn. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "How (and Why!) You Should Use Jojoba Oil in Your Beauty Regimen," 21 Aug. 2020 Near the end of the day’s project at St. John’s, Shawn Perkins was battling sunburn and thirst after hours spent standing on a scaffold filling in pastel colors on one of his murals, a serene Madonna figure. Rachel Jones, National Geographic, "Steps from the White House, murals calling for justice take the place of stained glass," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sunburn

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sunburn

Verb

back-formation from sunburned, from sun + burned

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The first known use of sunburn was in 1530

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“Sunburn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunburn. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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sunburn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sunburn

: a condition in which your skin becomes sore and red from too much sunlight

sunburn

noun
sun·​burn | \ ˈsən-ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sore red state of the skin caused by too much sunlight

sunburn

verb
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt \; sunburning

Kids Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: to burn or discolor by exposure to the sun

sunburn

transitive verb
sun·​burn | \ -ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \; sunburning

Medical Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to affect with sunburn sunburned skin

sunburn

noun

Medical Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

called also erythema solare

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